Group Topic: Money
Wampum, moula, denarii … whatever you call it, we all have some kind of relationship to money. Husbands' and wives' attitudes toward money are influenced by their families-of-origin, their education, the culture, and their gifts and temperaments. Considering all the variables, conflicts are inevitable. However, I believe the happiest couples are those who allow the truths of Scripture to exert the strongest influence over how they "do money" together.
But that doesn't mean we all look the same as Christians.
For example, wives with a natural business bent are often keenly interested in keeping the books, managing the family budget, and overseeing all the household purchases, large and small. Often, they want to earn some kind of income too, through part-time or full-time work.
Other wives prefer to stay at home, finding fulfillment in child-rearing and homemaking. They like to use their free time for ministry or socializing. Living frugally may be more important to them than material things. Such women are completely content to let their husbands manage every aspect of the family finances, including long-term investing.
You would probably describe your marriage as falling somewhere along the continuum between these two poles. Whatever arrangement you and your husband have agreed upon, I'm sure discovered how complex handling money can be, even in Christian marriage.
On Monday, you’re invited to join us to discuss the topic of money in marriage. As usual, you’re free to blog about this subject from whatever angle the Spirit leads. However, if you need a little help to get started, consider using one of the following writing prompts.
1. In Eden, God assigned Adam the role of "master gardener," and to Eve he gave the role of “helper.” In the matter of bread-winning, how do you and your husband fufill these roles in your marriage? (Gen 2:15-23)
2. Write a post about material contentment. Share how you’ve learned to be satisfied with the level of income the Lord provides for your family. (Phil 4:12-13)
3. Teach us what you’ve learned about the biblical principle of giving tithes and offerings. Is tithing still relevant today?
4. Tell us a story about God’s super-natural provision in your marriage. Perhaps He answered your prayers for a particular job, or a gift of money during a crisis.
5. What has the current economic downturn taught you about consumer debt and maintaining an emergency savings fund. What other financial lessons has the recession taught you?
6. How did your and your husband make it through a major financial crisis e.g. job loss, business failure, bankruptcy, lawsuit, expensive medical bills? What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your crisis?
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matt 4:4 NIV)
See you on Monday!
Will you have time to join us?